Random Ramblings by fred riecke, gamblersdata

…Lawrence Taylor must be smiling. The pitching coach for the Staten Island Yankees reportedly had his 2009 World Series ring and two cell phones stolen after he cavorted with two prostitutes in a Tampa motel room. Personally, I never solicit prostitutes in Tampa.

…Attorneys for Orlando Magic all-star Dwight Howard have asked a judge to hold Royce Reed, the mother of Howard’s 2½-year-old son, in civil contempt and fine her $500,000. The attorneys allege that Reed repeatedly has violated an injunction that forbids her from making disparaging remarks about Howard, discussing Howard’s relationship with their son or in any way using Howard’s name, image or likeness in any medium that can be accessed by a third party. I think that’s lawyer speak for STFU.
…In shocking news, another NFL player has run afoul of the law.

…The  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says that the player involved with an alleged sexual assault incident involving a Packers player is second-year CB Brandon Underwood. The paper had the story earlier, but with no name, but about 11:15pm Saturday night the paper released an update saying Underwood is the player involved. Evidently not one but two women were assaulted at a party where several Packers attended. Do you think they just missed Bret Favre?

…In good news involving an NFL player, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that there’s not enough evidence to push forward in the drunk driving case against TE Spencer Havner. The Nevada County (Calif.) district attorney’s office has returned the drunken driving case against Packers tight end Spencer Havner to the California Highway Patrol after finding insufficient evidence to charge him. And you think I only report the bad stuff.
 

 

…Pick on the Packers week continues with this note. Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly is scheduled for a pretrial hearing Thursday on a felony drug charge. Jolly was the driver of a vehicle in which police found cups of a codeine mixture while in the parking lot of a Houston nightclub in July 2008. The charge of possession of at least 200 grams of codeine in the form of cough syrup, commonly mixed with soda to form a mind-altering drink called “lean”, was dropped in July, then refiled on Dec. 15. Jolly must have had one hell of a cough.
…Lakers big man Pau Gasol is upset with the media over how recent comments about Celtics forward Kevin Garnett were portrayed. Gasol said Friday that Garnett has lost “some explosiveness,” but continued to say that he is still a “terrific player.” Evidently the media left out the part mentioning “terrific player.”

With the Blue Jays climbing closer to the top of the AL East (and the Brewers falling out of contention), could Toronto be a perfect spot for Prince Fielder? Big contracts not necessarily synonymous with Blue Jay baseball, but rumors abound.

……Tiger Woods ran into trouble again last weekend. No not with a women, put he did nail 3 fans with errant shots. The defending Memorial champion, who shot an even-par 72 to finish at 6 under, ended a dozen shots behind winner Justin Rose.  Woods tied for 19th, his worst finish since 2002 at the Memorial, where he has won four times. If Tiger continues to play so poorly people may soon be calling him Kitten. Or was that the name of one of his mistresses?

MLB has told the Mets that they intend to review the circumstances leading up to the Mets placing Oliver Perez on the disabled list and want a copy of his latest MRI which prompted the Mets to DL him on Saturday. Who has ever heard of such a thing? A team putting a player on the DL who isn’t actually injured? Nonsense.
…In case you wondered if the Steelers Big Ben was still a jerk or not, the verdict is in. After league mandated “counseling”, Ben had this to say. “…it’s been neat being able to really re-evaluate my life…” What a narcissistic fool you say? Re-evaluating your life isn’t “neat.” . When you reach a point where you need professional intervention to straighten out the mess you’ve made of yourself and the misery you have caused others, it’s not so neat.

…In a deal I would say is impossible to pass up, the strip club Scores has offered Lebron James free lap dances, free food and a Lebron day where strippers will wear his jersey if he comes to the Knicks. I know I couldn’t pass that up. I hear that Scores has a very hot crew of strippers. Personally I wouldn’t know, but I’ve heard.

…Not that anybody really cares, but Jose Canseco told a grand jury that he never saw Roger Clemens use steroids….and he sees everything.

…The furor over the Tom Joyce blown call that cost Andres Galarraga a perfect game even reached the lofty levels of CNBC. A female CNBC anchor commented that it was nice that Joyce and Galarraga hugged and made up. The male anchor counterpart barked that “this is why women aren’t in charge of sports.” Some people found that a little demeaning to women. I’m not so sure that men who are in charge are doing that great however.

…In other Tom Joyce news, after his father’s unfortunate call that cost Armando Galarraga a perfect game yesterday, Jimmy Joyce, son of umpire Jim Joyce, reported on his Facebook account that his dad had received death threats.

…In sad news this week, Fox reported it will not bring back scantily clad weathercaster Jillian Reynolds, who missed last NFL season on maternity leave.

…I don’t know who the marketing guru is for the Florida Marlins and I’m not sure if he is an idiot or an idiot savant. Florida is selling unused tickets to Roy Halladay’s perfect game (at face value) which means they’ve figured out how to make losing more profitable than winning. They’ve also announced that June is “No-Hitter Month” at Sun Life Stadium! I vote “idiot.” Bill Veeck is rolling over in his grave. At least I think he is dead, isn’t he?
…Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones was wrongly detained by Canadian authorities Thursday night in the first example of Canada’s No Criminal Baseball Players Allowed rule. Seems they had hi confused with football bad boy Adam “Pac Man” Jones.

Some guys will do anything for team spirit. Take Sean Rodriguez for example. The Tampa Bay Rays player was stung by a sting ray in the surf off of St. Petersburg last week. That’s taking one for the team.…Following a win over the Lakers last February, Celtics coach Doc Rivers demanded $100 each from Boston’s players, coaching staff, and even team managers. He stuffed the dough in an envelope, and told his team — his entire traveling organization, really — that they can have the money back the next time they play the Lakers inside the Staples Center. Of course, that was the only regular season game for the Celtics at Staples Center this season so reaching the NBA Finals 3 1/2 months later was the only way the C’s would see the money. So before Game 1 tipped off, River’s removed a ceiling tile and produced the envelope to the delight of the team.
…Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on Nets gazillionaire owner Mikhail Prokhorov: “I haven’t met him yet. I took Russian in high school and a little bit in college, so I can’t wait to give him a hard time. I want to party with this dude.” Can anyone tell me why Mark Cuban took Russian in high school and college?

…More on Cuban. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban commented on NBA Boss David (Adolf) Stern’s reaction to his affiliation with Girls Gone Wild: “He’s a regular viewer. What do you mean? Look, every owner has a ton of different businesses. It’s like if Comcast shows a show on NBA Universal, is the NBA going to get mad? It’s a television network. The NBA has no say in it. Who cares? It’s a completely separate business. The NBA has no say.” I see a $250,000 fine coming in the near future.

The Victoria’s Secret store in Chicago will host the launch of the new VS PINK Major League Baseball line on June 11. The Cubs’ Randy Wells and the White Sox’s Gordon Beckham will be on hand for a meet-and-greet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. along with PINK models Candice Swanepoel and Behati Prinsloo. Derek Jeter and A Rod would probably be better choices.

…Finally, I would be sorely remiss if I didn’t comment on the passing of one of my true heroes, John Wooden. Had Wooden not been one of the greatest coaches in college hoop history, he no doubt would have made his mark elsewhere as the epitome of a fine human being. You will not likely find a better man than was Wooden. Aside from his outstanding coaching skills, his philosophy on both basketball and life will be cherished and fondly remembered by all who knew of Wooden. If you don’t know much about “The Wizard” but want to know more, buy a copy of the simply titled Wooden , a collection of observations and reflections on and off the court by the coach. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

…In sad news this week, Fox reported it will not bring back scantily clad weathercaster Jillian Reynolds, who missed last NFL season on maternity leave.

…I don’t know who the marketing guru is for the Florida Marlins and I’m not sure if he is an idiot or an idiot savant. Florida is selling unused tickets to Roy Halladay’s perfect game (at face value) which means they’ve figured out how to make losing more profitable than winning. They’ve also announced that June is “No-Hitter Month” at Sun Life Stadium! I vote “idiot.” Bill Veeck is rolling over in his grave. At least I think he is dead, isn’t he?
…Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones was wrongly detained by Canadian authorities Thursday night in the first example of Canada’s No Criminal Baseball Players Allowed rule. Seems they had hi confused with football bad boy Adam “Pac Man” Jones.

Some guys will do anything for team spirit. Take Sean Rodriguez for example. The Tampa Bay Rays player was stung by a sting ray in the surf off of St. Petersburg last week. That’s taking one for the team.…Following a win over the Lakers last February, Celtics coach Doc Rivers demanded $100 each from Boston’s players, coaching staff, and even team managers. He stuffed the dough in an envelope, and told his team — his entire traveling organization, really — that they can have the money back the next time they play the Lakers inside the Staples Center. Of course, that was the only regular season game for the Celtics at Staples Center this season so reaching the NBA Finals 3 1/2 months later was the only way the C’s would see the money. So before Game 1 tipped off, River’s removed a ceiling tile and produced the envelope to the delight of the team.
…Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on Nets gazillionaire owner Mikhail Prokhorov: “I haven’t met him yet. I took Russian in high school and a little bit in college, so I can’t wait to give him a hard time. I want to party with this dude.” Can anyone tell me why Mark Cuban took Russian in high school and college?

…More on Cuban. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban commented on NBA Boss David (Adolf) Stern’s reaction to his affiliation with Girls Gone Wild: “He’s a regular viewer. What do you mean? Look, every owner has a ton of different businesses. It’s like if Comcast shows a show on NBA Universal, is the NBA going to get mad? It’s a television network. The NBA has no say in it. Who cares? It’s a completely separate business. The NBA has no say.” I see a $250,000 fine coming in the near future.

The Victoria’s Secret store in Chicago will host the launch of the new VS PINK Major League Baseball line on June 11. The Cubs’ Randy Wells and the White Sox’s Gordon Beckham will be on hand for a meet-and-greet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. along with PINK models Candice Swanepoel and Behati Prinsloo. Derek Jeter and A Rod would probably be better choices.

…Finally, I would be sorely remiss if I didn’t comment on the passing of one of my true heroes, John Wooden. Had Wooden not been one of the greatest coaches in college hoop history, he no doubt would have made his mark elsewhere as the epitome of a fine human being. You will not likely find a better man than was Wooden. Aside from his outstanding coaching skills, his philosophy on both basketball and life will be cherished and fondly remembered by all who knew of Wooden. If you don’t know much about “The Wizard” but want to know more, buy a copy of the simply titled Wooden , a collection of observations and reflections on and off the court by the coach. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

 
 

 

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